Four little Ducky’s, went out to play!!!!

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Posted by kat | Posted in Our Ducks | Posted on 11-04-2011

OK! Well only sort of have they gone out to play.  I posted a few weeks ago, about the mommy duck that was sitting on a nest of 11 eggs, we went out one morning and the duck was gone.  There was a few feathers and seven eggs were left in the nest.  I immediately, brought the eggs in and set them up in the incubator and put the incubator in the back bathroom.  It usually reccomends that you let the incubator settle by running for a day or two, before adding eggs.  I didn’t have the time to do that, so I was really worried that they wouldn’t hatch.   I tried candeling the eggs, but I couldn’t tell if any were bad or good.   I had several issues of getting the temp right, they are supposed to be incubated at 99.5 degrees.   The incubator was as low as 85 and as high as 105, we still seemed to have 4 of the 7 eggs be viable, I am not sure about the last three eggs.   We had to be gone part of today, so I checked them right before I left and they were still only cracked.   We got back and checked, two had hatched.  One was all dry, the other was still wet and a third you could see the feather’s on.  My youngest, who still doesn’t understand leaving them alone, helped the third one hatch.  It seems to be doing fine, ducks are a bit sturdier then chickens, so we will have to see how long it continues to survive.

UPDATE:  As of 6:30am of April 12th, the last egg had hatched.  Came home after dropping kids off and it was all dry, so it is now in with the other three ducklings.

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